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NEWS
September 18, 2002
Mayor's 'we' lacks top officials What is the function of a municipal governing body? Is it not to work together with us citizens to make decisions that would be in the best interest of the people in our community? I recently returned from vacation to find out about a letter that Haddon Township Mayor William J. Park Jr. had sent to Green Valley Tennis Club on Crystal Lake Avenue. In it, he sugested that its property be purchased by the city. "We have had the property appraised and are prepared to offer $525,000," said the letter.
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NEWS
April 23, 2016
ISSUE | EDUCATION Restore Pa. funds to poorest schools Last week, the Pennsylvania Senate and House passed House Bill 1589, which would use a new formula to distribute a small increase in basic education funding for this school year. The action came without a restoration of funds to the school districts that bore the brunt of cuts under Gov. Tom Corbett. This ensures that the state will continue to have the largest funding gap between affluent and poor districts in the country.
NEWS
April 23, 2016
ISSUE | SOCIAL SECURITY Fix inequity in law I served the federal government for more than 32 years in the Navy and worked in the private sector for more than 33 years. When I retired, I was surprised to learn that because of Social Security's Windfall Elimination Provision, my benefit would be at least 40 percent less per month than that of my colleagues and neighbors who had never worked for the federal government. Throughout my government career, I held myself to a high standard of fairness and equity.
NEWS
April 23, 2016
ISSUE | FLYERS A few boorish fans give Philly a bad rep At the Flyers' third playoff game Monday, some Philly fans once again demonstrated the absolute worst behavior, throwing light-up bracelets onto the ice ("Capital offense," Tuesday). Not even the pregame tribute to chairman Ed Snider, who died April 11 and was responsible for bringing the professional hockey team to our city, made those fans pause before acting out their frustrations near the end of the disappointing 6-1 loss to the Washington Capitals.
NEWS
April 23, 2016
ISSUE | SCHOOL REFORM COMMISSION Green as chair won't help students In his commentary, Bill Green explained how he was wronged when Gov. Wolf removed him as chair of the Philadelphia School Reform Commission a year ago ("Wolf was wrong on SRC firing," Tuesday). What he did not explain was how Philadelphia schoolchildren will benefit from his reinstatement as chair - because they won't. The time, money, and distraction Green's lawsuit will waste is all about him and his ego, nothing more.
NEWS
April 22, 2016
WHEN I read Jenice Armstrong's article concerning Ebony magazine and Bill Cosby, I wanted to applaud both the magazine and her for the cultural honesty. I am a 70-year-old black male who has been deeply involved in the civil-rights movement, from the late 1960s to the present, although I am less active because of my medical problems. It has become increasingly clear that too many of our people, including those of renown and stature, refuse to allow us as a race to be honest and truthful in all our facts about persons of color who are celebrities (Cosby, O.J. Simpson, etc.)
NEWS
April 22, 2016
ISSUE | EARTH DAY Rebuild prudently As a doctor, a professor of medicine, and an activist for 40 years, I've cared for the health of people and our planet. With the 47th annual observance of Earth Day on Friday, the state of disrepair of our country's infrastructure presents us with a golden opportunity to rebuild not based on fossil fuels, but on efficiency and renewable energy. While rebuilding, we can fortify our communities against the severe storms that climate change will continue to bring.
NEWS
April 22, 2016
ISSUE | SODA TAX Kids, go out and play The reason children are suffering from obesity and diabetes isn't that they're drinking soda and sugary drinks. It's that they lead sedentary lives in front of video game systems, computers, tablets, and cellphones. When I was a kid, I drank soda and iced tea, but I was outside playing baseball, football, basketball, and soccer from morning till night in the summer and on weekends during the school year. I also played halfball (halvies), stickball, stepball, wireball, and boxball.
NEWS
April 22, 2016
ISSUE | CAMPAIGN 2016 GOP no closer to reclaiming White House After the Republican Party lost the last two presidential elections, it was decided that changes needed to be made. Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus said we need a candidate who can get the minority vote. I assumed that meant blacks, Latinos, women, and gays. The GOP has had nearly eight years to select a candidate or candidates to groom to avoid the mistakes of the past. Instead, we have Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, and John Kasich.
NEWS
April 22, 2016
Party bosses dislike Sestak's independence The Pennsylvania Democratic Party displayed its oligarchic character in Ed Rendell's letter of support for Katie McGinty ("McGinty the best candidate for Senate seat," Monday). As in 2010, the Democratic leadership seeks to deny the choice of its registered Democratic constituency by fronting a candidate whose only real government experience is environmental policy and whose experience in Gov. Wolf's cabinet has been less than enlightening. Most importantly, the Democratic leadership seeks to short-circuit the campaign of Joe Sestak, who has exhibited appeal to the electorate, knowledge of and experience with the issues of the day and the way government functions - and independence from the oligarchy.
NEWS
April 22, 2016
ISSUE | VILLANOVA DeLeon's a killjoy A tremendous victory in the NCAA basketball championship game for Villanova University and the Philadelphia area did not need to be paired with the MOVE confrontation in Clark DeLeon's column ("April has been a month of highs and lows in Phila.," Sunday). MOVE was a horrible thing to happen to Philadelphia, but what is the point of contrasting it with the 1985 Villanova national championship? Sometimes, good things do happen for a reason, and we should all just smile and enjoy the moment.
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